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fighting for his life. the first person diagnosed with ebola in the united states is said to be near death as a second victim makes his way now to nebraska. what the administration is now considering to keep you safe. gaining grounds. isis now closing in on kobani as the syrian city's defender start to retreat. are coalition efforts falling flat? we are live this morning. and imminent danger. could an attack on the u.s. be coming any day? the group khorasan may be
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planning something soon, but how is the threat? welcome to "early start." i'm john berman. christine romans is out today. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. health officials are trying to make sure ebola does not get into this country again and does not spread where it has already entered. in dallas, the first patient diagnosed in the united states, thomas eric duncan has been downgraded from serious to critical. and in the meantime the journalist is on his way home on a plane. officials say a child was past the incubation period for ebola and the cdc believes the likelihood of infection is extremely low. elizabeth cohen is in dallas to track the spread of ebola there
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and other points in the united states. >> reporter: john, authorities are following 48 people who may have come into contact with thomas eric duncan. the breakdown is this, they are following seven hospital workers and they are considered in the higher category and three family members in the higher risk category. the rest of the contacts, 38, are considered lower risk. what is happening with the contacts, they get visits twice a day from a health care worker and temperature is taken and the worker will ask how they are feeling and run down the list of ebola. this helps explain how they are trying to keep ebola from spreading within the united states. authorities want to keep it from arriving in the united states a second time. i know when i came back from liberia, it was about the same time that thomas eric duncan arrived. i found no screening.
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they took my temperature in liberia at the airport there, but not in the united states. in fact, they basically had no screening for myself and colleagues who have arrived from liberia. now federal officials may have more stringent measures which may include taking temperatures from ebola-effected countries. john. >> thanks, elizabeth. with the elections coming up and isis, the white house has a lot on its plate, but now ebola is adding to the complications of the administration. erin mcpike is live at the white house with more on that. >> reporter: john, as you know, the mid te-term elections are o month away and ebola is an issue. the white house is trying to manage the fear. listen here to white house
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senior adviser dan pfeiffer do that yesterday. >> no country is better prepared to deal with this. the best public health infrastructure. >> reporter: there is a different message from the cdc. dr. tom frieden held a briefing yesterday. in that briefing, he made the point he wants health care officials and workers to have a healthy respect for any kind of lapse in protocols which is a big risk. he wants officials to be meticulous although officials are warning that an ebola outbreak in the united states is unlikely. anytime there is still an outbreak, as in africa, there is a potential risk everywhere. he did say that increased airport screenings are something they are considering. take a listen. >> of course, we are now looking at the issue of entry screening. we are looking at all possibilities.
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there have been suggestions from people in congress and the public and media. we will look at those and see what works to protect americans and to make sure whatever we do doesn't unintentionally actually increase our risk. if we make it harder to fight the outbreak in west africa, we actually increase our own risk. >> reporter: increased screenings are something that is recently as friday officials said they were not considering just yet. we're hearing from more and more lawmakers, including new york senator chuck schumer that those are important to consider. tom frieden will be at the white house. john. >> erin mcpike, thank you. islamist fighters are hitting a border checkpoint. the city of kobani is on the edge in danger of falling in the hands of the isis fighters. that kurdish city on syria
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border with turkey has been under siege for weeks. on friday, isis fighters took a kill overlooking the city. now kurdish fighters are said to be looking for a way out. our arwa damon joins us from the border of turkey and syria. arwa, how close is this city to falling to isis? >> reporter: it seems to be getting closer to that as every day goes by, john. isis now evntrenching itself. there were clashes focusing on the streets, then at one point, it end with quiet. the kurdish fighters who thought they had an advantage because they know the city and from this city and inflict severe casualties. when it came to the battle with isis, they found themselves at a
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disadvantage. one fighter says the isis militants were equipped with night vision ability on top of the sniper rifles. a lot of others were thinking it was their last chance to flee or stay and fight until the very end. now this morning, we have been here for an hour and a half or so. we heard artillery exchanged. there was machine gunfire going on as well. we have been hearing calls from the kurdish fighting force in kobani for two weeks for the international coalition to do something. people felt how the u.s. and allies to allow this situation to be this desperate and dire. it is not just the importance of kobani and if it would fall to isis, they would have an issue on the border. and the humanitarian crisis since the syrian war three years ago and this has intensified in
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this area in the last two weeks where the fighting has sent over 200,000 people fleeing for safety into turkey. living in an incredibly brutal conditions. >> the u.s.-led effort seems to have done little to stop that humanitarian crisis. arwa damon at the border with syria and turkey with kobani on the brink. the parents of the american man held captive by isis made a plea to the terrorists to release their son. peter kassig's parents. the 26-year-old former army ranger was in syria providing humanitarian aid when he was captured last october. his parents say they are torn apart. >> please know we are all praying for you and your safe
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return. most of all, know we love you and our hearts ache for you to be granted your freedom so we can hug you again. >> like our son, we have no more control of the u.s. government than you have over the breaking of dawn. we implore his captors to show mercy and use power to let our son go. >> a warning from the director of the fbi about a possible terror attack to the united states. director james comey telling "60 minutes" that khorasan may be planning to do something soon. as for the masked man in the execution videos, officials are making progress. >> we are working pretty hard not to just identify that savage, but all of them. >> do you know who he is? >> i believe we do. >> the fbi director knows the
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identities of a dozen americans who joined isis and insists his agency is prepared to track them carefully should they attempt to return to the united states. the enterovirus has claimed the life of a 4-year-old new jersey boy. eli waller's death is the first death claimed by the disease. at least four other people who tested positive for enterovirus-68 has died. the next phase in the search for malaysia airline flight 370 is underway. the search vessel go phoenix and others will have detailed sweeps of the indian ocean. mh-370 disappeared in march. the search thus far has failed to turn up a piece of the plane.
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we will get an early look at weather with samantha moore. >> that's right, john. over the course of the weekend, we had the coldest temperatures of the season. it looks like we will moderate the next few days. we still have a chance for showers here across parts of eastern ohio and ohio valley and tennessee valley. some thunderstorms could form here. some could be severe into the afternoon hours in central tennessee. we will be watching for that. notice we are still on the cool side of the great lakes and northeast. very warm across the southwest with temperatures unseasonably warm. on tuesday, frontal boundary pushing east. we will see showers along that. then to the south, a lot of sunshine and beautiful fall weather for the deep south as across the midwest. we will see similar conditions. in the southwest, we have hurricane simon off the baja peninsula. we could have monsoon thunderstorms on tuesday or
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wednesday. so temperatures getting back up a little closer to normal in the northeast on tuesday. beautiful across the south with temperatures across in the 80s. we will see heat relief across the west as well. thank goodness. john, back to you. >> it was cold this morning. thanks, samantha. activists and authorities remain in a standoff in hong kong this morning. what will the government do now that protesters have ignored the deadline to disperse? we take you live to the streets of hong kong. and new apologies. what vice president biden said now that may impact the coalition against isis. the vice president back tracking on what he called the united states biggest problem.
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hong kong authorities and protesters remain at a stand off this morning. protesters ignored the disperse
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notification. cnn's kyung lah is live from the streets of hong kong. a little empty this morning, kyung. >> reporter: very observant. that is the case. it is empty. you could walk down the street at one point. there are still sizable crowds here and there, but the impact of this deadline day has seemed to have been that some of the protesters have decided to leave. i want you to look over there. that is a foot bridge. that foot bridge was once blocked by protesters, not allowing government workers to enter the building, this tall building to the right. that is a governmental building where the head of the government of hong kong resides and works. they were effectively shutdown. well, they are back at work. they were allowed back in by protesters. what that has done is allow some of the government to begin to
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function again. does that mean this is over? absolutely not. you can see that if you look further down this way, this entire stretch of street does remain closed. this street is a major thoroughfare in hong kong. the fact, john, this has been shutdown, is showing that the people here on this street do intend to stay and they do want to eventually meet the government of hong kong so they can talk about whether or not they get more of a say of who their leaders are. john. >> interesting to see if they get what they want or the beginning of the end. kyung lah, thanks. a new apology to joe biden. he apologized to united arab of emirates. he says they are partly to blame for the strengthening of isis and other groups.
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>> saudis and emirates, et cetera. what were they doing? they were so determined to take down assad and essentially have a proxy sunni/shi'a war. they poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into any one who would fight against assad. except the people who were being supply were nusra and al qaeda and extremist elements of jihadists from other parts of the world. >> he apologized. doesn't mean there wasn't truth to it. the white house said the vice president spoke to the crown prince of abu dhabi. catholic bishops are gathered at the vatican to talk about several family issues,
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like abortion and homosexuality and divorce. the meeting will last two weeks. at the mass sunday, the pope says he hopes the leaders would participate freely. the man suspected of being a cop killer is still free. a possible sighting of frein was reported on sunday. police have found food, ammunition and supplies believed to be that man's. the rugged heavily search area in northeast pennsylvania. as of yet, he has managed to avoid capture. please help end this nightmare. those words from the parents of missing college student hannah graham. she vanished last month. yesterday, her parents made another plea for her safe return. authorities upped the reward to $100,000. with tears in other eyes, sue
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graham begged anyone with information to come forward. >> despite all of your efforts, hannah is still missing. somebody listening to me today either knows where hannah is or knows someone who has that information. we appeal to you to come forward and tell us where hannah can be found. >> that poor family. coming up, general motors facing a new recall. why more than 60,000 cars being called back. stay with us. ♪ ♪ ♪ [ female announcer ] with five
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a new recall in a dubious milestone for gm. more than 60,000 vehicles in the latest recall. pontiac models may have an ignition problem. cadillac is being recalled for a fuel pump issue. this brings the recalls to 30 million this year for general moto motors. hewlett-packard may be heading for a split. it could break off into two separate companies by spinning technology services business. the break up could sell printers and the second is technology services and software. a huge beef recall in texas. sam cane beef recalled 90
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thundershowers products after finding a piece of metal in the beef. the packages were shipped to retail outlets in texas. a new case of ebola on u.s. soil this morning, or at least a case of man with ebola brought to the united states. a freelance cameraman an makes his way to nebraska after being diagnosed with the deadly virus. that's coming up.
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fighting for his life. the first person diagnosed with ebola in the united states is said to be near death and what the government is doing to make sure you are safe. gaining control. isis pushes into syria taking control over a strategic hill outside the city of kobani. what this means for local fighters and the u.s.-led coalition efforts. we are live in that region. imminent danger. james comey says the group khorasan may be planning an attack on the united states. he says it could be coming any day. we will have details ahead. welcome back. great to see you. i'm john berman. 29 minutes past the hour. christine romans is off today. health officials concerned this morning trying to ensure ebola does not get into the united states again and does not spread where it is already. in dallas, the condition of the
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first patient diagnosed in the united states, thomas eric duncan, has been downgraded from serious to critical. cameraman ashoka mukpo has been evacuated from liberia on a specially equipped plane. in delaware, a child from liberia has been placed in an isolation unit. the child was past the incubation period for ebola. cnn's elizabeth cohen is in dallas to track ebola there and other entry points in the united states. >> reporter: john, authorities are following 48 people who may have come into contact with thomas eric duncan. the breakdown is like this, they are following seven hospital workers and they are considered in the higher risk category. also three family members also
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in the higher risk category. the rest of the contacts, 38 of them, are considered lower risk. so what is happening with the contacts they get visits twice a day from a health care worker. their temperature is taken and the health care worker will ask them how they are feeling, they run down the list of symptoms of ebola to make sure they are not experiencing any of them. this explains how they are keeping ebola from spreading within the united states, but authorities want to keep it from arriving in the u.s. a second time. i know when i came back from liberia, it was just about the same time that duncan arrived. what i found was no screening. they took my temperature in liberia at the airport there, but not my temperature in the united states. they basically had no screening for myself and two colleagues who arrived. now federal officials may have more stringent measures which may include taking temperatures
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from people visiting ebola-effected countries. john. >> thank you, elizabeth cohen. ebola is beginning to add to the political complications facing the administration. our erin mcpike is at the white house with more on that. >> reporter: john, the mid-term elections is a month away. the white house is trying to send the message they have this under control and manage the fear of ebola. listen to white house advisor dan pfeiffer. >> there is no country better to deal with this than the united states. >> reporter: there is a slightly different message coming from the cdc. the director dr. tom frieden.
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he said the point to have the health care workers to have a healthy respect to have the lapse in protocols. he wants officials to be very meticulous even though officials are warning that an ebola outbreak in the united states is unlikely. he said that anytime there is still an outbreak as there is in africa, there is a potential risk everywhere. he did say that increased airport screenings are something they are considering. take a listen. >> of course, we are looking at the issue of entry screening and we're looking at all possibilities. suggestions from people in congress and the public and media. we are looking at those and see what works to protect americans and make sure whatever we do doesn't i unintentionally incre your risk. we actually increase our own risk if we fight in africa.
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>> reporter: increased screenings are something as recently as friday, officials said they weren't considering just yet. we are hearing from more lawmakers, including chuck schumer say those are important things to consider. tom frieden will be at the white house to advise the president. john. >> thank you, eric mcpike. kobani is a city on edge and in danger of falling into the hands of isis fighters. that kurdish city is on syria's border with turkey. it has been under siege for weeks. on sunday, isis fighters took a hill overlooking the city. now the fighters defending the city are looking for a way out. meanwhile, islamist fighters, possibly with the nusra front, another group, attacked a hezbollah checkpoint on the syria border with lebanon. nick paton walsh is live with
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the latest. nick, that is a separate front there on the border with lebanon. >> reporter: absolutely. this country has been worried about the build up potentially of radical militants making their way into lebanon. what happened yesterday in the town, a checkpoint run by hezbollah, a militant group near that, it seems brazen by syrian militants. potentially from the nusra group. they seem to have come quite far in to lebanon's territory. a mountainous area. what is repelled by hezbollah force, their suggestion is they may have lost a couple militants from media reports and maybe over a dozen of the syrian-based militants killed in that attack. it has temperatures rising here because there was an equally
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brazen raid on another border town over a month ago. there is still lebanese soldiers held hostage by syrian-based militants and this plays into wider fears in lebanon. could this country be the next place that isis, not involved necessarily in the raid, but building strength along the border, could lebanon be next and the political crisis. a government in deadlock. maybe this fears lebanon needs a strong president to keep it safe. >> so many fights and complications in that area. nick paton walsh, thanks. australian fighter jets fa-18s did not drop bombs over iraq, but the military was on call overnight to attack targets as identified. they have joined an eight-state coalition which conducted attacks against isis fighters
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inside iraq over the past week. a plea from the parents of the american man being held captive by isis. they are begging the terrorists to release their son. abdul-rahman kassig's parents asked that they refer to him by his muslim name. his parents say they are torn apart. >> please know we are all praying for you and your safe return. most of us, know we love you and our hearts ache for you to be granted your freedom so we can hug you again. >> like our son, we have no more control over the u.s. government than you have over the breaking of dawn. we implore his captors to show mercy and use their power to let our son go. the fbi director is warning
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about a possible terror plot to attack the united states. director james comey told "60 minutes" that khorasan may be planning to do something very, very soon. as for identifying and finding the hooded english speaking man in the isis execution videos, the fbi director says the u.s. and british intelligence are making progress. >> we are working hard not just to identify and find that savage, but all of them. >> do you know who he is? >> i believe we do. >> you have a name? >> i have it in my head. >> but you are not willing to share it? >> i am not. >> the fbi director said the agency does know the identities of a dozen americans who have joined isis. he insists his agency is prepared to track them carefully if they return to the united states. the enterovirus has claimed the life of a 4-year-old new jersey boy.
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eli waller's death is blamed on enterovirus. the cdc officials are investigating if the virus played a role in other deaths. the next phase in the search for mh-370 is under way. australian transports go phoenix and other vessels will conduct sweeps in the indian ocean. the mh-370 went missing in march of this year. 39 minutes after the hour. let's get a look at the weather with samantha moore. >> that's right, john. over the weekend, we had the coldest temperatures of the season and now it looks like we will moderate a bit the next few days. we still have a chance for showers here across parts of
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eastern ohio and ohio valley and tennessee valley. some storms could form. some severe. we are cold across the great lakes and east. the temperatures expected to be unseasonably warm. we will see a frontal boundary with showers along that. to the south, a lot of sunshine and fall weather for much of the deep south and the midwest with similar conditions. in the southwest, we have hurricane simon off the baja be peninsula. we could see thunderstorms on tuesday and wednesday. temperatures getting back up closer to normal in the northeast on our tuesday. beautiful across the south with temperatures back in the 80s. we start to see heat relief across the west as well. thank goodness. john, back to you. >> thanks, samantha. it was downright cold this
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morning. 40 minutes after the hour. roman catholic leaders kicking off a landmark meeting. why pope francis is getting leaders from around the world in the unprecedented two-week gathering. that is coming up on "early start." (male announcer) it's happening.
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to present the teachings of marriage and abortion and divorce. we have the latest from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, john. it is the first day of the highly anticipated meeting that will go on the next two weeks. it is called a synod. as you mentioned, same-sex marriage, divorce, teen mothers and the annulment process in the catholic church. these topics were chosen because of a survey with the vatican sent last year to see the challenges they were facing and how the church could bett better address their needs. it is a top priority for pope francis. he says he doesn't want the church to be a useless structure that is out of touch with the real needs of people. i can tell you, john, the pope addressed the assembly a few
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moments ago. he told the bishops and cardinals he will participate every day. he said i don't want you to be afraid to speak your mind on these topics even though the pope is here. encouraging debate on these topics. john. >> it will be interesting to see the results of the discussion if anything concrete comes from it. delia gallagher, thank you. please help end this nightmare. those words from the parents of missing college student hannah graham. the 18-year-old vanished last month. yesterday, her parents made a new emotional plea for her return. the authorities upped the reward to $100,000. with tears in her eyes and her husband by her side, sue graham spoke for someone to come forward. >> hannah is still missing
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despite all your efforts. someone listening to me today either knows where hannah is or knows someone with that information. we appeal to you to come forward and tell us where hannah can be found. >> i feel for that family so much. this just in, nbc news is reporting the cameraman diagnosed with ebola in liberia is now in u.s. soil. he is making his way to nebraska for treatment. we will bring you more on that as it comes in. protesters in hong kong ignoring an order to dispurse. will the government crackdown? we are live in hong kong next. this is "early start."
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protesters and the government remain at a standoff in hong kong this morning. pro-democracy activists ignored a deadline to disperse, but they did decide to allow city workers to enter offices that were blocked last week. cnn's kyung lah is live on the streets of hong kong, which are less full than they had been. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, john. that opening you were talking about allowing the government workers to go back to work. i'm standing on it. this is the pedestrian bridge. they opened it up so a good number of employees were able to go back to work. the government essentially
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functioning with those workers. if you look over here, this is the sign that this is still not over. these streets are definitely emptier than they have been in the last few days. you can see that they are certainly still blocked off. this is a major thoroughfare in hong kong. still closed and what the protesters are saying is that they intend to try to keep this area closed down so they can meet with the government to talk about how they want true democracy in hong kong, not where beijing calls who they get to vote for. john. >> kyung, do you have a sense the protests are waning or is there a chance they could pick up in terms of numbers? >> reporter: there is a bit more concession. that is why we see the bridge being open and government workers walk back and forth. yes, it does appear they are at least coming closer together and coming to a meeting of the minds. that meeting hasn't quite happened yet. >> nevertheless, where kyung is
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standing right now, she would not be able to step there a few days ago. kyung lah, thank you. a new apology from vice president joe biden. he is apologizing for comments he made last week at the kennedy school of government. the vice president suggested that u.s.-arab allies are to blame for the strengthening of the militant groups. >> saudis and emirates. what were they doing? they were so determined to take down assad and essentially have a proxy sunni-shi'a war. they poured tons of dollars and weapons into anyone who would fight against assad. except the people who were being
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supplied were nusra and al qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world. >> he is apologizinapologizing. the white house says the president spoke to the crown prince of abu dhabi by phone. the manhunt for suspected cop killer in pennsylvania is in the fourth week. eric matthew frein is accused of ambushing two state troopers. a possible sighting was reported on sunday. police have found food, ammunition and supplies believed to be frein's in the rugged search area of northeast pennsylvania. so far, he has managed to avoid capture. a new huge recall this morning and this one could impact what is on your family's plate tonight. what you need to know now coming up.
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a new recall and a milestone for general motors. more than 60,000 vehicles involved in the latest recall. pontiac g-8 and chevy caprice models may have ignition problems and cadillacs due to a fuel pump issue. this recall brings the recall total to 30 million this year. and sam kane beef processes recalled 90,000 pounds of
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products after consumers found metal in their products. all of the products were shipped to retail outlets in texas. "early start" continues right now. breaking news this morning. as a second ebola patient lands on u.s. soil, nbc cameraman, he makes his way to the nebraska hospital for treatment for the deadly virus and what the u.s. government is doing to keep you says. and isis is closing in on kobani. are coalition efforts falling flat? and imminent danger. could an attack on the united states be coming any day? fbi director james comey says the group khorasan may be planning to do something soon, but how real is this threat from that al qaeda affiliate? good morning. welcome to "early start."
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i'm john berman. christine romans is out. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we begin with breaking news this morning. nbc news is reporting that its cameraman ashoka mukpo has now arrived on u.s. soil. he was evacuated from liberia on a specially equipped plane. he is on his way to nebraska for treatment. he touched down in bangor, maine for refuelling. in dallas, the condition of the first patient diagnosed in the united states with ebola, thomas eric duncan has been downgraded from serious to critical. in delaware, a child from liberia has been placed in an isolation unit. he was past the incubation period for ebola. the likelihood for infection is extremely low. cnn's elizabeth cohen

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